THE organisers of Dunbar’s recent Christmas market have backed a retail expert’s recommendations that laws on street trading should be relaxed – as future events could depend on it.
Despite having already held three successful markets – one in December 2010 and two this year in June and November – Dunbar Arts, Crafts and Produce Market may not hold any next year unless “frustrating” red tape is cut.
The group behind the High Street events, organised in an attempt to draw shoppers back to the town centre, claims that stringent rules and regulations make holding markets “complicated” for members of the public.
Earlier this month, retail consultant Mary Portas submitted a review to the UK Government which called for the removal of “unnecessary regulations” to make it easier for people to become market traders unless there are valid reasons why they should not.
Also among Miss Portas’s 28 recommendations was that the UK should introduce a ‘National Market Day’ to give budding shopkeepers a chance to try their hand at operating a low-cost business.
Louise Nicolson, one of the Dunbar market’s main organisers, has backed the report and called on the Government and all local authorities to take heed of the advice.
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